Conflict Chat ….Our Nation Divided and a Path to Reconciliation – Archived Program now available for download or streaming

Conflict Chat ….Our Nation Divided and a Path to Reconciliation – Archived Program now available for download or streaming

Tonight’s program focuses on how our morals foundations influence our political beliefs. These foundations can be used to divide us or bring us together. Tracy King and I discuss how both the Liberals and Conservatives miss understand the true concerns of those across the aisle and what we can do to help heal this division.

 

Conflict Resolution in the Age of Trump – The Conflict Paradox of the Righteous Mind

Conflict Resolution in the Age of Trump –  The Conflict Paradox of the Righteous Mind

Please join me on Thursday, June 15 at the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution 30th Anniversary and Annual Conference in Greenbelt, MD. I will be presenting, Conflict Resolution in the Age of Trump – The Conflict Paradox of the Righteous Mind. That explores work of Bernie Mayer’s The Conflict Paradox and Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion and how these texts help us better understand those who hold beliefs different from our own. We’ll also examine how our own conscious and unconscious biases inform our practice as Conflict Resolvers.

If you are a novice mediator or a decades-old conflict resolver please come and join us to discuss this important topic!

Conflict Chat ….When Leaders Crash Creating Toxic Workplaces – Archived Program

Conflict Chat ….When Leaders Crash Creating Toxic Workplaces – Archived Program

This week’s program discussed how a leader’s inability to regulate their anger can lead to a toxic workplace. We examined how Uber’s CEO missed opportunities to build trust, solve problems and avoid a large amount of negative publicity – due to his lack of conflict competency. If Travis Kalanick was better able to listen to the concerns of others and truly understand their concerns, he would be a much more effective leader. Because he was unable or unwilling to do this, he publicly stated that he needed to grow up and fundamentally change.

 

Will Work for Peace – How to Get a Job as a Peacemaker – Archived Program Now Available for Download or Streaming

Will Work for Peace – How to Get a Job as a Peacemaker – Archived Program Now Available for Download or Streaming

Do you want to be a Peacemaker? You can now download or stream my recent conversation with David J. Smith as we discussed how to find opportunities to work for peace in almost any job. Whether it is thinking differently about the job you have or what types of jobs are out there – there are opportunities to work for peace!

 

Will Work for Peace – How to Get a Job as a Peacemaker, Listen in on 1/10 at 8 pm EST

Will Work for Peace – How to Get a Job as a Peacemaker, Listen in on 1/10 at 8 pm EST

Every job as the opportunity to work for peace if you know how to look for it. Join professor, practitioner, and educator David J. Smith as we discuss how to get a job as a Peacemaker. Whether it is thinking differently about the job you have or what types of jobs are out there – listen in on Tuesday, January 10th at 7 pm Central to learn more.

Kudos to Baltimore!

Kudos to Baltimore!

The City of Baltimore has taken a holistic approach to drug addiction, gun violence and healthy babies.  By addressing these challenges as interconnected issues they are able to make greater progress than engaging them individually. By ‘interrupting’ potentially violent retaliation, assisting with counteracting opiate overdoses, and supporting young mothers, the city has:

  • Decreased homicides by up to 56% in some neighborhoods
  • Reduced the likelihood of arrest due to drug abuse
  • Decreased infant mortality by 28 percent for some populations

Kudos to Baltimore for this innovative approach to public health!

 

The Day After…The Election: How To Talk Politics or Not With Friends, Family And Coworkers – Download or Streaming now available

The Day After…The Election: How To Talk Politics or Not With Friends, Family And Coworkers – Download or Streaming now available

So Trump won. Now what?

Here are some tips for how to handle this conversation with others:

  1. Be a good winner/loser – do it with grace and respect
  2. Don’t take it personally
  3. Dig deeper – listen and then listen again.
  4. Cite and check your and their sources
  5. Keep it in perspective – remember why you are talking to them and why that’s important – or not
  6. Embrace your country and love thy neighbor

We live in a great country. The United States of America. United we stand. Let us pause and reflect. What has happened? What did we miss? Do we really understand those that we disagree with.

Let us commit to doing better, not giving up on each other, and learning from our mistakes. It’s our only way forward.

 

 

The Day After…The Election: How To Talk Politics or Not With Friends, Family And Coworkers – Listen in tonight at 8 pm EST

The Day After…The Election: How To Talk Politics or Not With Friends, Family And Coworkers – Listen in tonight at 8 pm EST

So contentious presidential election is finally over with! It is either the best or worst day for America for some of us. Some will gloat over the win, others exhibit anger for the loss, or maybe we just keep our mouth shut so as not to engage in conflict? So how do you talk to your friends, co-workers, and family about politics and not get burned in the process? Learn how two conflict resolution experts, Pattie Porter and Stephen Kotev, help others say what they really mean and hear what really matters from those they don’t agree with.